Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, dead at 65

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SEATTLE, WA – OCTOBER 1: Seahawks owner Paul Allen greets NFL Hall of Fame member and former Seahawk Kenny Easley as his number is retired during halftime of the game between the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts at CenturyLink Field on October 1, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE – Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died on Monday at the age of 65 after a battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, according to a press release from his company, Vulcan Inc.

Allen, one of the most influential businessmen and philanthropists in Seattle history, was also the owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers, part-owner of the Seattle Sounders and founder of the Museum of Pop Culture.

Allen was born Jan. 21, 1953 in Seattle and met Gates while attending Lakeside School.

Allen died of complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, his company Vulcan Inc. said in a press release. Allen announced two weeks ago he was battling the disease for the second time.

“My brother was a remarkable individual on every level,” Allen’s sister, Jody Allen, said in a statement. “While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend. Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.”

Vulcan Inc. said there was no information yet on a funeral or memorial service.

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